As we have seen, our country was formed out of what was left over from the American Revolution. Remember, that the most coveted territory in North America was the Ohio Valley. The United States was finally granted the Ohio Valley after Great Britain conceded it to them in 1783 at the Treaty of Paris. So the new country of the United States of America consisted of The 13 Colonies (now states) and the Ohio Valley in 1783.
British North America was left with Quebec (Upper and Lower Canada), the Maritimes (Nova Scotia, PEI,and New Brunswick), Newfoundland and Rupert’s Land (The Northwest). This is hardly what Great Britain had wanted of its North American empire. Imagine Canada as being the equivalent of this:
Although wouldn’t you agree that sometimes leftovers make the best of meals?